Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch-up Premium

What is catch-up funding?

The ‘catch-up’ premium was formally launched in March 2013 as part of the government’s commitment to providing additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who failed to reach NC Level 4 in English and/or Mathematics during Key Stage 2.

The initiative involves secondary schools receiving an additional premium of £500 for each ‘catch-up’ pupil. The money is to be used by schools to deliver intensive literacy and/or numeracy support with the aim of bringing ‘catch-up’ pupils up to speed and thus increasing their chances of succeeding at secondary school. The funding is not ring-fenced, allowing schools to use the premium to finance literacy and numeracy schemes which reflect the needs of their students.

Changes to national assessments at Key Stage 2 now mean that when a student achieves a scaled score in their SATs of below 100, they have not met the expected standard. Catch-up funding is there to support all of these pupils. Budgets are now matched to those from 2015-2016 and adjusted based on the percentage change in the cohort size.

Catch-up premium in 2016-17

Last year, 36 students were identified as meeting the criteria for catch-up funding (£10,500). How we spent this money is detailed below.


How we spent the catch-up funding


Cost (£)


Summer school


Students and parents responded well to the summer school provision.

Accelerated Reader – literacy package


The use of AR is now developed and in place. Positive impact has been made. Future measurements of this will be more rigorous.

Books and resources


Books were supplied for the library and accessible to those students with below expected KS2 reading scores.

Individual/Small group interventions


Teaching assistants provided interventions in small groups in both numeracy and literacy. Reading interventions led to progress in reading for 65% of those who received it. Most students will require, and be given, further support to be in line with their cohort.


Plan for catch-up premium 2017-2018

Projected funding is £15000. This will support 78 identified students who have not met expected standards in reading, writing and mathematics at Key Stage 2. Below is a summary of our planned interventions, including cost, justification and how the impact of them will be measured.


Cost (£)


How impact will be measured

Summer School


The EEF measures impact at 2 months of additional progress. Invitations for attendance are to be targeted at those we know are likely to fall below expected standards in literacy and numeracy.

Academic progress for those below expected measures between SATs and baseline testing.

Accelerated Reader – literacy package


It has been marked by the EEF as a ‘promising project’ with potential for additional progress of 3 months in reading age after 22 weeks.

Reading age data from the start and end of the academic year and progress in English for identified students.

Books and resources


Students who are below expected progress in both literacy and numeracy, sometimes do not access to suitable resources at home. This fund will target identified students who are in need of resources.

Academic progress for those below expected measures between SATs and end of Year 7 assessments.

Individual/Small group interventions


Evidence suggests that TAs can have a positive impact on academic achievement. However, effects tend to vary widely between those studies where TAs provide general administrative or classroom support, which on average do not show a positive benefit, and those where TAs support individual pupils or small groups. This intervention involves small group work with those that most need it, both in and out of the classroom setting.

Progress in English, Mathematics, reading and spelling ages from baseline testing to end of Y7 assessments.


In addition to the above, we work closely with our feeder Primary schools, to run targeted interventions aimed at Year 6 students and their families these include

Reading for success programme - One session a week aimed at students and their parents, to come and read together and be supported to help their child with their reading, this project will run with KS3 students as well as Year 6

Weekly additional Mathematics lessons – aimed at Year 6 students from our feeder primary schools, these are to be delivered from 3-4pm each week and are designed to support students who need intervention with their numeracy work.